Boldness, clarity and wisdom for fundraising professionals
I love live theater. Supporting arts organizations is a joyful passion. Communication is also a passion of mine. Clear, bold communication is what I teach.
Whether you realize it or not, your organization gives “live performances” every day: Board meetings, annual meetings, committee meetings, volunteer gatherings, donor gatherings, attendees at special events, OR you are an arts organization with patrons.
Do you allow yourself to imagine what’s possible in your fundraising?
As children we are encouraged to dream, imagine and talk about things that aren’t yet real.
As adults in the social sector we often spend more time talking about what can’t be done or what didn’t happen than what it will take to make something NEW happen. One tactic I use in my coaching is to ask:
What if today your one thing is to pick up the phone and call a supporter to thank them and wish them a Happy New Year? I hear the loud thunder of answers you are shouting at me as you read this:
NO! You can’t call people during the busy holiday season!
NO! I hate the phone.
NO! I hate getting unsolicited phone calls.
OR some other excuse to not make someone’s day.
Taking time to review your donor data can feel like a luxury, especially if you are a small fundraising team.
Donor data review should not be a luxury.
Just as you define a good event by tickets sold or dollars raised, and you define your programs by better outcomes, taking stock of fundraising for the whole year alongside previous years is necessary. That is, it’s necessary if you want to increase your fundraising dollars.
What scares you the most at your nonprofit?
From my daily work with nonprofit staff I believe it’s talking about what it takes to do your work . . . the money conversation.
You hope, pray, dream, and worry about the money. But when you talk about the money it’s often with scarcity language or duty and obligation language.
As long-time readers of this blog know, I went through a cancer adventure nearly six years ago. I don’t think about it too much these days, because my bloodwork says I’m free of both breast cancer and melanoma. Yay!
On a recent visit to AFP Northeast Indiana in Ft. Wayne I had a chance to think about and talk about how fortunate I am in my cancer journey.
Two days. Nearly 40 storytelling and communication experts.
Over 500 people in attendance. More inspiring nonprofit stories shared than I can ever remember!
I was honored to participate in the third annual Nonprofit Storytelling Conference last week. The conference was AMAZING.